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Licensing hearing for Consett lap dance club »

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'P.O.P.' Documentary Strips Down Stripper Stereotypes »

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Texas Legislator Proposes Stripper Licensing »

Stripper: Club Manager Demanded Sexual Favors »

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Stripper who fell from balcony at Christie's Cabaret dies »

Tamworth lap dance club owner faces arrest over alleged licence breaches »

Lap dancing club Red Velvet in Consett has drinks licence revoked »

Stripper says Brooklyn Net Andray Blatche watched alleged sexual assault at hotel »

Girl, 16, 'chose' to be stripper, defence argues »

Sex worker murdered »

Adult Entertainment Industry Files Suit Challenging Measure B »

SASOD welcomes police arrests in killing of gay sex worker; reiterates need for law reform »

Consett lap dancing club may be closed down »

Ex-stripper defiant over ruling she was self-employed »

Playboy Fined in U.K. for Failing to Block Children From Hardcore Pornography »

California middle school teacher, who appeared in pornography, loses appeal »

Houston Chronicle reporter fired for stripper gig lands new journalism job »

Murdered sex worker for burial today »

Cops detain man over sex worker’s murder »

The lap dancer quashed by the MOO impediment »

2 Girls + 1 Cup lands producer 4 years jail. But why? »

Sex worker accused of pawning niece »

16-yr-old sex worker duped by ‘client’, undergoes tubectomy »

Israel: Anti-pornography party drops out of elections »

Sex worker bags six-year jail term for killing client »

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Sex worker battered in street »


(Reuters) - From a peroxide-blonde stripper who wants to get bankers meditating to a Rastafarian advocating tantrism as a national religion, a string of colorful outsiders are vying for a place in France's 2012 presidential election.

One wants to bring back the monarchy, another says leaders should be picked by lottery and a third is a clown who doesn't actually have any campaign proposals.

None are likely to drum up the 500 mayoral signatures required to run in the April-May election, but they all hope to strike a chord with voters fed up with mainstream politics.

"A clown won the last election, and we'll only get another one this time, so why not vote for me instead?" said Mimi the Clown, who is standing for a second time, complete with black-and-white panstick makeup, red nose and super-hero garb.

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India debates legalisaion of pornography

The Big Fight programme -  In the backdrop of the controversy over three BJP MLAs caught watching porn inside the Karnataka assembly, on The Big Fight, we discuss if it is time to redefine the pornography laws.


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Two ministers in the Indian state of Karnataka have resigned after they were accused of watching pornography in the state assembly.

Footage showed Laxman Savadi apparently watching a clip on a phone and sharing it with his colleague, CC Patil, the minister for women and children.

Another minister, Krishna Palemar, the phone's reported owner, also quit.

The pair denied watching porn but said they quit to prevent embarrassment to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.

There was public outrage after news channels ran the story on Tuesday evening, and opposition parties demanded the resignation of the ministers.